The Power of Prayer

Thanksgiving is an annual national holiday in North America, similar to the “day of Grace” celebrated in South America. It includes family gathering and sharing of the traditional turkey and pumpkin pie.

According to history, the holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. Special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times.

Prayers and positive thinking are uplifting and heart opening tools to share with family and friends. At the dinner table or at a distance, send your blessings to all knowing that somehow, they will receive it.

As we have shared in Blooming Together before, science shows that affirmations and positive attitudes help increase “happy hormones” blood levels not only in your body but also in your baby’s. Letting go of resentment and stress makes you lighter and younger. Thanksgiving is an excellent opportunity to make amends with some people you may be holding resentments and grudge and recycle that energy towards creativity.

So, here we are inviting you to do. Try it out!

  1. Make a list of all the things you are thankful ABOUT YOUR BODY. From your hair (even if today you are in a bad hair day) to your nails go ahead and thank your lungs, kidneys, belly, etc., for your life.
  2. Make a list of all the material things you are thankful for, even the ONES you WANT BUT DON’T HAVE YET. Yep, if you are dreaming of a car or a new laptop, start being thankful for it. It is a way of “giving forward”.
  3. Make a list with the NAMES of people you love and write 2-3 words next to each name that represents something special to that person.
    Both my mom and dad both passed away last year but I am still sending them wishes and love, in appreciation for all I received from them, knowing somehow they are listening. It keeps their memory alive in me and in my child.
  4. And finally, if you got so far reading this blog, go ahead on do this one too. Wish well to the people you hold a grudge towards, even if they don’t deserve it. Remember, wishing well is for you to uplift your heart. Allow the mood of forgiveness and love to embrace your body and your baby.

We want to thank all forms of life for their beauty of existence. Wish well to all beings on planet earth, including animals, plants, oceans, deserts, mountains, rivers and lakes. We all are in this planet together; by sending prayers and wishes we make a better place for us all.

Make it easy for yourself

If you are pregnant, or just gave birth, or you are running after your toddler, here are some tips to celebrate with ‘ease’:

  • If you are hosting family at home, ask for their help with dishes, cooking and cleaning. Please, please, do not try to be a hero here. Everyone likes to help (well, maybe not everyone, most people do!)
  • Go shopping with a friend to help you make decisions for presents and gifts (you will save tons of time)
  • Order “takeout food” and don’t worry about the “home made” dishes.
  • Make yourself a priority by focusing on what is important: love, communication, support and friendship.
  • Enjoy! Holidays are special time and you can gather lots of knowledge and wisdom by enjoying it and not focusing on details.

Happy Holidays!